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Whilst in South Australia he will be visiting primary and secondary schools.
Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unnain 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.
Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rulesfor which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.
Today we were fortunate enough to be visited by hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.
“When I was a kid, I used to be a class clown. I just loved making people laugh. Teachers would tell me that I needed to grow up. But I had a better idea. Why don’t I choose a job where I can act like a kid and make jokes for a living!”
Year 6, 7 and 8 students were treated to an amazing presentation by Oliver. He had the students in fits of laughter for over an hour relating the story of his family, his schooling and the inspiration for his writing. 8 Gold were lucky enough to spend 2 Blocks with Oliver in his writing workshop.
Oliver is a young Thai-Australian writer for children. He has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival among many other appearances at festivals and writing events as well as in blogs. He has worked as a primary school teacher and now spends his time writing and sharing his writing passion with kids and engaging them with humour. He’s also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney. His first book, Thai-riffic! was published in June 2010 to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd in 2011, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite! and Stuff Happens: Ethan. Visit Oliver at his website: http://www.oliverwriter.com
It is always so very special to be able to invite authors to visit Cabra to inspire, entertain and encourage a love of reading and writing in all its forms. Thanks Oliver!
We have a new resident Siamese Fighting Fish in the Senior Library. This attractive Crown Tail Betta won’t easily replace our previous beloved fish (in order of their demise, Pistachio, James Pond and Atticus Fish). However, it seems the Cabra Community loves a fighter and we have a new contender, as yet unnamed. (see picture at above). Entries are now open for our ‘Name the New Library Fish Competition’ and as usual super prizes are on offer for the top 3 suggestions.
The tradition is to devise a suitable name for our fish that has some literary connection. Apart from the names above check out past short-listed names below:
Scaleduggery Pleasant, F. Scott Fishgerald, Jaws, Salmon Rushdie, and Huckleberry Fin.
Can you Betta this?
Leave a comment on this post or email Mr Bull to submit your entry.
Competition closes Friday Week 3, with the shortlisted names voted upon in Week 4. Jump in!
~ The One-Stop-Shop for Digital Magazines Allows students, staff and parents
to Browse the Latest Issues of the Most Sought After Magazines ~
The whole of the Cabra College community can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster™from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.
Cabra Libraries have both Flipster and Hardcopy magazines so patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to iPads, phones or any mobile or desktop device via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere. Current Flipster titles are below. We will be adding more as the year progresses. All suggestions for additional titles gratefully received.
Flipster offers an easy, browseable reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links to quickly go to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.
“Contemporary School Libraries should be all about choice. A wide selection of resources, and a choice of the best way to access these for each user. Flipster provides Cabra Libraries with a digital access point for both general interest and curriculum magazines. Coupled with our vast EBSCO eBook and Gale Virtual Reference Library Collections Flipster allows users a digital reading experience for both research and pleasure.”
To access Flipster and all these digital collections use the usual Cabra Login details. For a reminder of these contact Libraries Coordinator Mr Bull.
“Secondhand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Once again we are holding a huge “Bring and Buy” Book Sale on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th May. We are asking all students and staff to have a clear out at home and bring in any unwanted books, CDs and DVDs for the sale. These donations will be added to surplus library stock and go on sale on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th May in the Senior Library at Recess and Lunchtime. All books $1. The proceeds will be shared between the libraries and our nominated Cabra charities. Donations can be delivered to the Middle School and Senior School libraries from now till the start of Week 3. Go on, you know you want to.
Acclaimed British author Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A giant of Fantasy Literature his legacy will be felt for decades to come. A snapshot of his career from BBC article below.
Check out this bunch of great Terry Pratchett links below:
Following on from the success of our Epic! Poetry Competition, The Footpath Library has launched the Epic! Short Story Competition for primary and secondary school students.
Students are invited to submit a short story under 300 words focusing the theme of “Home is …”.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in two age categories – Primary Students and High School Students. For each age category the prizes are:
1st prize – Notebook laptop
2nd prize – Camcorder
3rd prize – Digital camera
OPENING & CLOSING DATES
The Competition opens on Day One Term One 2015 and all entries must be submitted by 5pm (AEDST) on Thursday 2 April 2015. Click here to enter.
A very hearty welcome back to all our college students from 2014 and a sincere welcome to all the new Year 6 and Year 8 starters for 2015. We have as always a plethora of new and interesting books to tempt you, both fiction and non-fiction as well as a vast array of excellent eBooks, databases and other electronic resources for you to discover. If you have any queries, comments or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reply to this post, email me or drop down to the Senior Library and say hello. Some true but random facts about 2015:
2015 is not a Leap Year. There are a total of 53 weeks and 52 Sundays in Gregorian Calendar year 2015. While the total number of National / Federal Holidays 2015 are; 11 in USA, 8 in UK, 8 in Canada, etc. out of these 2015 holidays, 5,4, and 3 holidays will be on Monday in USA, UK, and Canada, respectively. Roughly up to 150 Million human births are expected within a period of 365 days of 2015, across the world.
1.The United Nations has declared 2015to be the International Year of Light and the International Year of Soils.2. The Year of Light commemorates the centenary of Einstein’s formulation of the Theory of General Relativity which predicted that lightis deflected by gravity.3. This year is the 800th anniversary of King John issuing the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215.
4. It is the 600th anniversary of England’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415…
5…and it’s the 200th anniversary of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.
6. In 1815, Humphrey Davy invented the miners lamp.7. Nelson’s mistress Emma Hamilton was born 250 years ago in 1765 and died 200 years ago in 1815.8. Isaac Asimov’s story Runaround, in which he set out the three Laws of Robotics, is set in 2015.
9. Stanley Matthews, Norman Wisdom, Ingrid Bergman, Orson Welles, and Frank Sinatra were all born 100 years ago.
10. This is also the bicentenary of the opening of the world’s first commercial cheese factory, in Switzerland in 1815.